COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City Government sees increase in cleared PUM and PUI, strengthens quarantine measures

COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City Government sees increase in cleared PUM and PUI, strengthens quarantine measures

As of March 31, the Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded at least 157 cleared Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) and 38 Persons Under Investigation (PUI) that have shown improvement over the recent days of monitoring.

Muntinlupa Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said the increase in cleared cases can be accounted to the City Government’s pro-active community-based campaign in identifying and providing immediate health care assistance to city residents manifesting symptoms of COVID-19 and locals with travel history.

Navarro added that barangay health workers and physicians in barangay health centers were put on high alert against sustained local transmission in the communities.

She noted that health personnel in the barangay daily monitors reported cases of PUI and PUM in the communities and distributed vitamins and medicines for those with underlying condition.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi recently ordered barangay officials to intensify quarantine measures and implement action plans to ensure that the virus won’t rapidly spread in the communities.

Isolation areas were constructed in nine barangays in the city to accommodate residents suspected to have contracted with the virus for monitoring by the local health office.

Fresnedi assured the public that the City Government continuous to implement initiatives to help contain the spread of and urged the city residents to cooperate in the quarantine measures and to remain in their houses during the health emergency.

The Muntinlupa City Council approved a resolution allowing the mayor to procure Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines and testing kits following the rise in confirmed cases and persons under monitoring and investigation in the city.

Fresnedi said a more aggressive medical intervention is needed to effectively contain the virus. He added that early detection of a COVID-19 infected person can deter the spread of the virus and the purchase of PCR machines and testing kits is critical in the determination of the medical assistance which must be administered to the locals.

Muntinlupa LGU has designated Ospital ng Muntinlupa to house the testing area of the PCR machine upon the approval of DOH.

To date, Muntinlupa City has 34 confirmed cases with four reported deaths, 347 persons under monitoring, and 157 persons under investigation where 131 are home quarantined while 26 are admitted in various hospitals.


This is an official Press Release issued by the City Government of Muntinlupa. Some parts were edited for this website. 

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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa Police Force files cases against 94 curfew violators amid enhanced community quarantine

COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa Police Force files cases against 94 curfew violators amid enhanced community quarantine

The Philippine National Police in Muntinlupa City (PNP-Muntinlupa) announced yesterday that it has filed cases against close to a hundred curfew violators.

Muntinlupa Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said that as of March 30, PNP Muntinlupa has filed cases of RA 11332 in relation to Proclamation No. 922 Sec. 4 (Declaring a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines) against 94 Muntinlupa City residents.

Navarro added that while apprehended individuals were not detained, PNP-Muntinlupa through its Chief of Police PCOL Hermogenes Cabe has prepared regular filling of cases for the offenders. She noted that the local police department conducts regular apprehension of curfew violators during night time in the barangays.

Muntinlupa City is among the pioneering local government units in Metro Manila to implement a 24-hr curfew amid the enhanced community quarantine.

In recently times, the Muntinlupa City Government ordered the closure of establishments including malls, beauty parlors, spas, barber shops, and similar establishments with potential face-to-face contact of clients. Those providing essential services were exempted such as banks, pawnshops, money transfer firms, groceries, supermarkets, drug stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores.

Restaurants, carinderias, and other eateries were only allowed to only accept take-out orders and refrain from providing dine-in services to ensure implementation of social distancing. Restaurant owners and operators were encouraged to post notices and warnings on the spread and ill effects of COVID-19 in their premises.

Further, public and private recreational facilities were also mandated to cease their operations such as fitness gyms, swimming pools, saunas karaoke bars, and country club facilities for sports that entail close person to person contact. A liquor ban was also enacted to prevent gathering opportunities for city residents in the duration of the quarantine period.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi urged the public to stay at home during this health emergency to slow down and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the barangays.

“We implore to our constituents that they refrain from going out unless it is for the purpose of accessing basic necessities and essential work,” Fresnedi said.

As of March 30, the Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded 27 confirmed cases in Muntinlupa with four deaths, 282 persons under monitoring (PUM) and 145 patients under investigation (PUI).

For concerns related to community quarantine and COVID-19 testing, Muntinlupa City residents may reach hotline nos. 0977-240-5217 or 0977-240-5218.


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COVID-19 Crisis: Las Piñas City Livelihood Members Involved in Making New Face Masks!

COVID-19 Crisis: Las Piñas City Livelihood Members Involved in Making New Face Masks!

Disclaimer: This is my original work with details sourced from the City Government of Las Piñas. Anyone who wants to use this article, in part or in whole, needs to secure first my permission and agree to cite me as the source and author. Let it be known that any unauthorized use of this article will constrain the author to pursue the remedies under R.A. No. 8293, the Revised Penal Code, and/or all applicable legal actions under the laws of the Philippines.

The coronavirus disease COVID-19 halted societies, economies and even the way people move around. As such, it is a common thing to see people around us wearing masks that primarily cover their noses and mouths as a means of preventing getting infected. That being said, buying a new mask (or face mask as others call it) is pretty challenging and I visited several stores but ended up learning that they are all out of stock of masks.

In relation to this, the City Government of Las Piñas announced very recently that their group called KALIPI (Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina) and its practitioners are now involved in the production of much-needed face masks! Check out the images below sourced from the City Government’s Facebook page.

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Each face mask is made carefully with sewing machine. (source – City of Las Piñas Facebook page)
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A worker shows a newly made mask. (source – City of Las Piñas Facebook page)
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Bundles of new masks. (source – City of Las Piñas Facebook page)

You must be wondering…what is KALIPI? KALIPI is a women’s organization spearheaded by Mayor Imelda Aguilar since her days as First Lady of the City. KALIPI is described as one of the stakeholders of the livelihood and skills development projects. The organization has chapters in the barangays of Las Piñas that emphasize women empowerment by means of organizing women and mothers with livelihood and skills in mind. Under the City Government, women as well as out-of-school youth can choose to train themselves by taking courses in food processing, housekeeping and the like. After taking courses, trainees can use their skills to make a living and help their respective families.

Going back to the face masks produced by KALIPI, it is not made clear by the City Government on their March 30 Facebook post if the newly made masks will be given for free to the residents (many of which are now receiving relief goods) or be sold on the market which, as of this writing, has a very tight supply.

As of this writing, the City Government still has yet to respond to my inquiry.

If an update comes up, I’ll inform you guys and gals. For the meantime, keep staying at home and avoid getting infected with COVID-19.


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24/7 online mental health, psychosocial support launched in Muntinlupa amid COVID-19

24/7 online mental health, psychosocial support launched in Muntinlupa amid COVID-19

Recently the City Government of Muntinlupa launched the 24/7 Live Chat Program on Facebook to provide psychosocial support for its residents. This new move is part of the City Government’s anticipation of the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city particularly on metal health and the well-being of the public in general.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said the City Government recognizes the need to support the people’s mental health as fear and anxiety grow from various factors including the virus’ threat to public health, the implementation of strict quarantine, and a wave of social media misinformation, among others.

“We are taking a holistic approach in the COVID-19 health emergency by also providing psychological support for our constituents. We made it accessible online so Muntinlupeños can consult with our medical personnel in the comfort of their homes during the quarantine period,” Fresnedi added.

The Muntinlupa Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) provides psychological first aid for residents experiencing anxiety and stress, including referral to local government’s services.

The MHPSS Team consists of registered psychometrician, nurses, social workers, a SPED teacher and other staff from the City Government of Muntinlupa. The public can avail the service for free via Muntinlupa Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Facebook Page.

As of March 27, MHPSS Team provided psychological first aid and referral service to 353 clients. The project is facilitated by the City Health Office, Social Service Department, Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office, Schools Division Office – Muntinlupa, Office of Senior Citizens Affairs, and Muntinlupa City Technical Institute.

The Muntinlupa Mental Health and Psychosocial Support program was established last 2016 to cater to persons in crisis such as fire victims and displaced families during calamities. Social workers has provided counselling in evacuation centers and self-care seminars for calamity victims.

For concerns related to community quarantine and COVID-19 testing, Muntinlupa City residents may reach hotline nos. 0977-240-5217 or 0977-240-5218.


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Muntinlupa City Government extends RPT and business tax payment, asks lessors to waive rental fees

Muntinlupa City Government extends RPT and business tax payment, asks lessors to waive rental fees

The City Government of Muntinlupa announced today that it has extended the payment period on real property tax (RPT) and business taxes for locals and requests lessors to waive fees amid the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Muntinlupa City Council recently passed ordinances providing a two-month payment extension on taxes given the strict measures implemented during the enhanced community quarantine.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said that Real Property Tax payments and other payables to the City Government of Muntinlupa for the 1st Quarter due on March 31, 2020 can be paid not later than May 31, 2020 without penalties, surcharge, and interest through Ordinance 2020-078.

“Considering the large number of taxpayers who will converge to Muntinlupa City Hall and the risk of COVID-19 transmission, we decided to extend the payment of taxes to help our constituents,” Fresnedi said.

Deadline of payment for business taxes and fees payable to the City Government of Muntinlupa for the 2nd Quarter is also extended from April 20, 2020 to July 20, 2020 without penalties, surcharge, and interest through Ordinance 2020-073.

Further, Fresnedi requests lessors of commercial establishments and residential units to waive rental fees and charges of tenants and partners in Muntinlupa City amid the COVID-19 emergency.

The mayor implores the lessors to extend consideration to tenants and renters considering the huge impact of the closure of business establishments during the quarantine period. Fresnedi hopes for the full support of lessors in the local government’s battle against COVID-19.

As of March 25, the Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded 12 confirmed cases in Muntinlupa with 204 persons under monitoring (PUM) and 118 patients under investigation (PUI).

For concerns related to community quarantine and COVID-19 testing, Muntinlupa City residents may reach hotline nos. 0977-240-5217 or 0977-240-5218.


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Muntinlupa City Government to purchase COVID-19 testing kits, eyes mass testing of city residents

Muntinlupa City Government to purchase COVID-19 testing kits, eyes mass testing of city residents

In a bid to curb the rise in the number of novel corona virus disease (COVID-19) cases in Muntinlupa City, the City Government is set to purchase testing kits through its Quick Response Fund and eyes to conduct mass testing of its city residents.

The Muntinlupa City Council approved a resolution allowing Mayor Jaime Fresnedi to procure Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines and testing kits following the rise in confirmed cases and persons under monitoring and investigation in the city.

As of March 24, the Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded eight confirmed cases in Muntinlupa with 146 persons under monitoring (PUM) and 72 patients under investigation (PUI).

Fresnedi said a more aggressive medical intervention is needed to effectively segregate, for quarantine purposes, the virus-stricken constituents of the city for appropriate medication and containing of the virus.

“Early detection of a COVID-19 infected person can deter the spread of the virus and the purchase of PCR machines and testing kits is critical in the determination of the medical assistance which must be administered to our constituents,” the local exec said.

While the City Government is eager to immediately purchase the testing kits to conduct a mass testing, Fresned added that the initiative is subject to the guidelines and regulatory standards of the Department of Health (DOH).

Muntinlupa LGU has designated Ospital ng Muntinlupa to house the testing area of the PCR machine upon the approval of DOH.

A field hospital has been constructed in Ospital ng Muntinlupa to treat patients with COVID-19 symptoms. Isolation areas in barangays are also in place for residents suspected to have contracted with the virus for monitoring by the local health office.

Barangay health workers and physicians in barangay health centers are on high alert against sustained local transmission in the communities. Health personnel in the barangay daily monitors reported cases of persons under monitoring and patients under investigation. PUMs and PUIs in the communities are given vitamins and medicines for those with underlying condition.

According to Muntinlupa City Health Office, there are currently two city residents under the care of two community isolation areas in Barangay Tunasan and Sucat for monitoring.

For concerns related to community quarantine and COVID-19, Muntinlupa City residents may reach hotline nos. 0977-240-5217 or 0977-240-5218.


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Groceries, Supermarkets and Other Exempted Businesses in Muntinlupa ordered to limit operation from 6AM – 6PM amid Enhanced Community Quarantine

Groceries, Supermarkets and Other Exempted Businesses in Muntinlupa ordered to limit operation from 6AM – 6PM amid Enhanced Community Quarantine

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Muntinlupa City Hall.

The City Government of Muntinlupa ordered exempted business establishments during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine to limit their operating hours from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM in a bid to reduce movement of people to effectively contain the spread of coronavirus disease COVID-19 in the city.

Specifically, the Muntinlupa City Council passed Ordinance 2020-070 imposing of limited operating hours for convenience stores, sari-sari stores, talipapa, and groceries.

It shall also be mandatory for these establishments to implement social distancing during their operations set forth by the Department of Health and the Muntinlupa City Health Office. Violators shall be given a warning for first offense and cancellation of business permit for the remainder of the current year for last offense.

Earlier, the Muntinlupa City Council also approved the anti-hoarding ordinance that restrict bulk-buying of basic commodities to address the public’s panic buying.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi assured the public that there is no need for panic buying during the health emergency as there is enough supply of basic items. The local exec called for an emergency meeting with supermarket and grocery operators on Monday to ensure that there is no shortage of supply for Muntinlupa City residents.

Further, establishment offering non-essential services have been mandated to cease operations through Ordinance 2020-080.

Essential industries are exempted from cessation of operations including supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, industries involved in food manufacturing, processing, distribution, and industries involved in the provision of medicines, medical supplies, and medical care. Other exempted establishments include banks, padala centers, water stations, and utilities. Muntinlupa City is now under a 24-hour curfew amid the enhanced community quarantine.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said the City Government will implement stricter measures after receiving reports that many residents are still going out in the streets and do not observe social distancing while the quarantine is in effect.

“Our barangay chairmen reported that the imposition of the 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM curfew hours is not an effective deterrent for the public to stay at home. For this reason, I have ordered the round the clock curfew so that our kababayans will remain in their houses and reduce their risks from being infected by the virus,” Fresnedi noted.

The mayor urged the city residents to refrain from going out unless it’s important and follow protocols provided by the local and national government.

For concerns related to community quarantine and COVID-19 testing, Muntinlupa City residents may reach hotline nos. 0977-240-5217 or 0977-240-5218.


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